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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

ColourPop Deluxe Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop Deluxe Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Shaaanxo Super Shock Shadow Set ($20.00 for 4 x 0.07 oz.) includes four earth-toned shades of cream eyeshadow. The four shades worked well together, and they could easily be used with other shades in the ColourPop formula. Three of the four performed very well, while the matte green fell short (though not a complete miss).

Deluxe is described as a “warm red bronze [with a Pearlized finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, copper and bronze shimmer that give it a light pearl finish. It had excellent color payoff that applied evenly, smoothly, and blended easily. The color wore well for ten hours before creasing slightly. Colour Pop Bandit (P, $5.00) is darker, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Spice (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery. Make Up For Ever S602 Cinnamon (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, less brown. Make Up For Ever I634 Praline (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Femme Fatale (LE, $15.00) is lighter/ Sisley Paris Toffee (7) (P, $47.00) is warmer. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery. MAC Exposed (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted, less brown. MAC Antiqued (P, $15.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rebel is described as a “mid-tone khaki green [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark olive green with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had decent color payoff where the actual coverage is higher, but it looks like a faded, softened version of how it looks in the pot. It wore well for eight and a half hours, but it seemed prone to fading faster than a lot of other shades I’ve tried in the formula. Kat Von D Cult (LE) is lighter. Makeup Geek Dirty Martini (P, $5.99) is darker. Kat Von D Gunner (LE) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Mozambique (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Velvet Moss (DC, $15.00) is darker. Inglot #121R Middle (P, $6.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Selfie is described as a “mid–tone peachy brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium orange with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color payoff that applied evenly and blended well. This shade stayed on well for ten hours before fading. MAC Satin Ochre (Right) (LE) is similar. LORAC Camel (LE) is darker. Make Up For Ever M726 Sienna (P, $21.00) is darker. Make Up For Ever M720 Apricot (P, $21.00) is lighter. LORAC Nude #3 (LE) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights #5 (LE) is similar. MAC Samoa Silk (DC, $15.00) is lighter. Inglot #368 (P, $6.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

XO is described as a “light champagne [with a Pearlized finish].” It’s a brightened, light golden beige with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly creamy consistency that spread evenly across the skin and lasted for ten hours. LORAC Uninhibited (P) is lighter. MAC Natural Vigor #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker. Dior Golden Shock #5 (LE) is less shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Sovereign (LE, $15.00) is similar. Too Faced Nutmeg (LE, $16.00) is similar. Ardency Inn Sunday (P, $21.00) is brighter. Maybelline Beige-ing Beauty (85) (LE, $6.99) is similar. Maybelline Barely Brazen (P, $6.99) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Shaaanxo

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Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder ($44.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe brown with subtle warmth and a mostly matte finish. Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (P) is warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (P) is a cream product. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is warmer, lighter. MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is a cream product, slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

After falling in love with Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium/Candlelight The Creamy Glow Duo, it seemed imperative to test drive the powder version of the contouring shade. It’s a very shadowy contour, so for those who have bemoaned the plethora of warmer bronzes and feel like there is too much orange in other products marketed as contouring powders, this might be a great option. It reads warmer in tone in the pan and swatched, but even against my warmer undertones, it read shadowy, cool-toned, and very much like a true contouring shade. The product is incredibly pigmented, and a little goes a long way. The first time I applied it, the contour was deeper and more dramatic than I anticipated, so less is more with this one. It had a silky, smooth, and blendable texture that applied nicely and sat well on the skin. The contour wears well for eight hours before fading slightly.

I wish the brand also had a light and deep option, because I bet they could nail the right variation in color and undertone so it could fit a wider spectrum of skin tones. I’d also like to see a price reduction, because when they changed packaging, they reduced significantly (0.23 oz. to 0.11 oz.) without reducing the price–the product is so, so good but knowing it used to be double the size for the same price is hard to overlook.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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Friday, January 30th, 2015

Guerlain Medium (03) Meteorites Compact
Guerlain Medium (03) Meteorites Compact

Guerlain Medium (03) Meteorites Compact ($62.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “beige and champagne colors” that “unify while peach dots add a perfecting touch.” It’s a translucent powder with very fine shimmer that translates into more of a soft sheen on the skin rather than detectable shimmer or sparkle. As much as I love Meteorites, it can be difficult to distinguish differences between them at times, and this is one of those times. Visually, I really just don’t notice a difference between the effect of this compared to Clair (02 on my skin tone. I think some skin tones might find one works better than the other, but on my medium complexion, they both give a subtle luminous effect that simultaneously blurs imperfections while giving the skin a brightened, livelier appearance. I love the effect of both on the skin, but I don’t think you need both unless you’re very fair or much deeper and perhaps your skin tone will allow any nuances to become visible. View comparison swatches / view dupes.

I like wearing it alone over bare skin, but I typically use it as a finishing powder dusted all-over the face after I’ve applied setting powder (and it is a finishing powder, to be clear!). I get an extra half hour of wear out of my foundation if I just use this and skip the setting powder, but I have normal-to-dry skin. The powder is violet-scented, though I don’t notice any scent when it is applied.

For those who were wondering if the pan could be removed: it is supposed to be glued in, and in fact, the one I ordered arrived with the pan itself rattling around, because it wasn’t actually glued in any more (but you can see where the glue was). I hope I was just one of the few unlucky ones to have this happen to them, and it isn’t prevalent (the other one I ordered was fine).

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Medium (03)

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10/10

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Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Guerlain Clair (02) Meteorites Compact
Guerlain Clair (02) Meteorites Compact

Guerlain Clair (02) Meteorites Compact ($62.00 for 0.35 oz.) uses “green dots [to] hide redness, white dots [to] illuminate, and champagne [to] even out skin tone.” I feel like the best way to describe Meteorites and their effect on the skin is that people start asking you, “What are you doing with your skin? It looks amazing!” You get comments on your skin, not your makeup. That being said, I also feel like it’s a product that is more believable in person than in photos. On me, it imparts subtle luminosity and gives my skin a smoother appearance while minimizing pores and skin texture. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and it feels velvety and smooth on the skin. Even though this shade is technically designed for fair skin, it worked well on my medium complexion (likely due to the translucent nature of the product).

I think if you’ve been tempted by the Mythic Voyage Powder, this is an excellent alternative, and I can’t tell the difference between the two applied. It’s really great to see the pressed Meteorites make a return in a more affordable form than the Voyage powders (which do come in a much more substantial compact, but the lower-priced version is easier to travel with). It works well as a finishing powder, and breathes life back into the skin, especially if you tend to use a more matte foundation or setting powder. For me, I have normal-to-dry skin (quite normal at the moment, though), and if I only use this without setting powder, my foundation does last an extra half hour to an hour, but I wouldn’t recommend this in place of a setting powder (I typically use both in a full look). I also like this dusted over bare skin for really lazy days. The pressed version has the same violet scent as their other powder products.

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Clair (02)

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10/10

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Friday, January 9th, 2015

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “hot pink [with an Amplified finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with subtle cool, blue undertones and a satiny sheen. Chanel La Romanesque (50) (P, $34.00) is more matte, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Cooper (LE, $32.00) is darker. MAC Ultramarine Pink (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Lipstick Queen Play It (P, $50.00) is redder. Bite Beauty Framboise (P, $24.00) is slightly cooler-toned. MAC No Faux Pas (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Catharina (P, $23.00) is slightly darker. MAC Good Kisser (LE, $16.00) is more matte. MAC Red Balloon (LE, $16.00) is a touch warmer. Estee Lauder Dominant (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Roll the Dice (118) (P, $30.00) is warmer. Milani Hot Pink Rage (P, $5.49) is lighter. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It had nearly full color coverage with a creamy, lightly emollient consistency that glided on easily but still stayed in place. The color lasted for almost six hours, was slightly hydrating, and left a pinky-red stain behind. The formula seemed to have more slip than the average Amplified to me, but it didn’t slide around or feel like a major departure from the formula on average. Though it is well-done, this type of shade has been a favorite for MAC to release in the past year, so I hope it will do well and help raise funds for the MAC AIDS Fund, but it was surprisingly dupable.

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Viva Glam Miley Cyrus

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9.5/10

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, pewter-gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It’s like a mix of gold, taupe, and gray, and I find it’s very brightening on the lid. The shade is richly pigmented with a soft, almost creamy consistency, that goes on like butter over the skin. It wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark copper brown with warm undertones and a subtle, metallic sheen. It’s very smooth and had excellent color payoff that was easy to work with and blend on the skin. The color wore well for nine and a half hours before starting to crease slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm, khaki undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture is ridiculously smooth and soft with a buttery, dense feel. It slides over the skin smoothly with intense pigmentation. It really was a dream to work with, and even better, it lasted for nine and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, deepened brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was very soft and dense, and it was just slightly prone to thickening on the skin in the way that almost-cream-like-powders can. The pigmentation was incredible as a little went a long way. The color did last well for almost ten hours, though! See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light, subtly warm-toned beige (there’s an almost gray cast over it) with a satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t dense but not really thin either. It felt a lot like a cream-powder hybrid to the touch. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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D552 Crystalline Gray Beige

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10/10

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10/10

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ME644 Iced Brown

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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I628 Reptile

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

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